Likelihood of being killed by a refugee in the U.S. compared with other events, such as lightning strikes and being killed by a vending machine. Graphic: Financial Times

By Lauren Leatherby
27 January 2017

New York (Financial Times) – […] Mr Trump cited terrorism risks as his reason for limiting the number of refugees the US takes. However, since the US refugee programme began in 1975, more than 3.2m refugees have entered the United States and only three have carried out a deadly terrorist attack. Those three were Cubans who committed their crimes in the 1970s. A 2016 Cato Institute report found that the chance of an American being murdered in a refugee-perpetrated terrorist attack was 1 in 3.64 billion in any given year. […]

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